LEE COUNTY, Fla.- The Florida Gulf Coast University men's basketball team could end up one step closer to this year's NCAA tournament.
The Eagles play Stetson at home at 7:00 p.m.
This game is the quarter finals of the Atlantic Sun tournament. FGCU needs to win the entire conference tourney for an automatic bid into the March Madness tournament again.
Tickets are sold out for tonight's game.
The tournament falls during the school's spring break, but plently of students are still in town to cheer on the Eagles.
Athletic Director Ken Kavanagh says, "it's a nice scenario that we've had since basically the start of the new year. We basically sold out every game. So the students not being here is a little disappointing since its spring break but we've had more than 800 students get tickets which is more than we thought so we're happy about that. It really is heartwarming for the players, I know I've seen some comments from Chase and others, to know they've earned the respect of their students that their willing to adjust their spring break schedule and prioritize being here really means a lot to us."
Dan Dempsey, a sophomore, says "tonight I'm really excited for the game because it's our spring break but I stayed here in Ft. Myers and decided to go to the game and now I have all 3 tickets and I'm pretty sure we're gonna win the ASUN conference, so looking forward to them going to the tournament. It's just as much excitement, we're all still pumped for the game. Last year was exciting because it was unexpected, but this year I'm pretty sure we're expecting it so it should be a pretty good turnout or bigger so I'm excited."
Dwayne McCalla, also a sophomore, says, "I like how everyone's coming out, it's going to be packed, packed fans, crazy for Fort Myers. There's a lot of things that go on but this is one of the biggest events of the year, you can't miss it."